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Skyrim:Thane of the Pale

Skyrim: Quests: Miscellaneous: Thane
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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Gain the title of Thane of the Pale.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): The Pale
Concurrent Quest: Making Friends and Influencing People
Reward: Title of Thane, Blade of the Pale
Disposition: =3 (quest giver)
ID: Favor256
Become the Thane of the Pale

Radiant Options

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from either Skald or Brina Merilis, whichever is the Jarl of the Pale. The Jarl lives in The White Hall in Dawnstar.

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Befriend the Jarl of the Pale.
  2. Assist the people of the hold (three actions required).
  3. Return to the jarl for your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough

This is an umbrella quest for several other quests that must be completed if you wish to become Thane of the Pale.

In order to receive this quest you must first aid the current jarl. If Brina is Jarl of the Pale (whether she was installed via Reunification of Skyrim or Season Unending), then she is automatically friendly to you. If Skald is Jarl of the Pale, then you must first complete Waking Nightmare and then Kill the Giant in order to befriend him. Once you have completed the prerequisite, speak with the jarl again and he or she will ask you to aid the people of the hold. In order to assist the people of the hold, you must befriend three people who are citizens of the Pale. Usually you do this by completing favor quests on their behalf. All of the favor quests in the Pale are for people in Dawnstar, except for Aeri, who lives at Anga's Mill. Note that you can also befriend merchants if you have the Investor perk by investing in their stores.

The Pale Favor Quests

Highlighted quests can be easily completed without any skill use.

Quest Giver Quest Objective(s)
Beitild Mine Ore: Get paid to mine ore. (radiant)
Captain Wayfinder Salty Sea-Dogs: Find some void salts for an inexperienced sea captain. (radiant)
  • Find the Fine-Cut Void Salts for Wayfinder
  • Bring the Fine-Cut Void Salts to Wayfinder
Frida Dungeon Delving: Do a favor by retrieving an item from a cave. (radiant)
  • Find Ring of Pure Mixtures inside <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Return Ring of Pure Mixtures to Frida
Karl Quest all Drunks Have: Make a drunk dance for joy. (radiant)
Leigelf Mine Ore: Get paid to mine ore. (radiant)
Rustleif Rare Gifts: Do a favor by finding a rare item. (radiant)
  • Bring one Night Falls on Sentinel to Rustleif
Aeri Delivery: Deliver an item to an associate. (radiant)
  • Deliver Aeri's Note to Skald
Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
  Only the first quest completed will count towards Thaneship.


After helping three inhabitants, the journal tells you to return to the jarl. The Blade of the Pale is awarded along with the title. The Blade of the Pale is a randomly-leveled and randomly-enchanted sword. There is a 50% chance that it will be a sword, and a 50% chance it will be a greatsword. If you have Hearthfire installed, then Gregor will also be assigned to you as a housecarl.


  • The kill a giant quest has a minimum level of 22. If you are not level 22 yet, then you cannot receive this quest from Skald. It is possible to receive this quest from Brina at a lower level.
  • It is possible to become Thane of the Pale and receive leveled Blade of Pale twice - from Skald and then from Brina.

Quest Stages

Thane of the Pale (Favor256)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 10, 25, 200.